Cherokee Class (1808)
Cherokee Class of brig-sloops were a large class of 101 vessels which
included 2 built in Bombay of Teak.
The design by Henry Peake was approved 26-Nov-1807 and an initial batch of 34 ordered in 1807/08 from private builders. A further two followed in 1812 to be built at Bombay. The design was revived after the Napoleonic War with a further two batches ordered. The first batch of 35 in 1817/18 and a second batch of 35 in 1823/26 all from Royal Dockyards.
They were sometimes referred to as coffin brigs as nine foundered (8 with the loss of all hands) during storms, with an additional 14 ships being wrecked on shore. Despite this they were considered to perform well under sail and economic to build and run.
They were the smallest brigs to be classified as sloops and several were completed as packet brigs with reduced armament and crew.
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17 February, 2013.
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